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2010 Dhaula Kuan gang-rape case: All 5 convicts sentenced to life imprisonment

Written By kom nampultig on Senin, 20 Oktober 2014 | 22.10

NEW DELHI: A trial court on Monday sentenced all five convicts to life imprisonment in the 2010 Dhaula Kuan gang rape-cum-abduction case of a call centre employee.

Additional sessions judge Virender Bhat awarded life imprisonment to the five men — Shamshad alias Khutkan, Usman alias Kale, Shahid alias Chhota Billi, Iqbal alias Bada Billi and Kamruddin for the offence of gang rape.

The court also sentenced the convicts to seven years imprisonment for abduction charges, five years rigorous imprisonment for charges of criminal intimidation. The convicts would undergo the jail terms concurrently.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 each on all the convicts.

The quantum of sentence was pronounced in a jam-packed courtroom amidst high drama with one convict Shahid fainting in the courtroom. Some relatives of the convicts also broke down in the court room and termed the verdict as miscarriage of justice, saying they would challenge the verdict in the Delhi high court.

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Nov 25, 2010 — BPO employee gang-raped in moving tempo in Delhi

The prosecution had sought life term, the maximum jail term for the offences for which the men have been convicted, citing the horrendous nature of crime. The defence counsels, on the other hand, had sought minimum punishment for the convicts on grounds of long custodial period, their family responsibilities and poor financial condition.


The truck which was used in the crime. (TOI photo)

The five men were held guilty of abducting the woman, who hailed from the northeast, on November 24, 2010 and then gang-raping her. The woman was walking home with a friend after her work shift ended.

The abductors took her to Mangolpuri, gang-raped her, and left her on an isolated road there. The men were later arrested from Mewat in Haryana.

Following the incident, Delhi Police ordered all BPOs in Delhi and the National Capital Region to drop women employees at their home after their shift ends.

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Award for 232 DTC drivers

NEW DELHI: In order to encourage its drivers to ensure accident-free operations in the capital, Delhi Transport Corpo- ration will felicitate over 200 of them who have a good track record with a 'Road Safety Award'.

The award would be presented to 232 recipients with DTC having taken the initiative with a view to encouraging the drivers of its fleet of around 4,900 buses to drive safely.

"DTC wants to secure zero-accident operations in the national capital. The corporation will be felicitating 232 drivers who had an accident-free record during 2013-14. Chief Secretary D M Spolia will give away the 'Road Safety Award' to them on Tuesday," said DTC spokesperson R S Minhas.

The awardees will get a cash prize of Rs 5,000 and a certificate, Minhas said.

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CBSE preparing ‘peer assessor team’ though many schools yet to apply for asssement

NEW DELHI : The Central Board of Secondary Education has started putting a "peer assessor team" together for the School Quality Assessment and Accreditation (SQAA), made compulsory in 2012, but many Delhi schools are yet to take the first step and apply. The CBSE had set a three-year deadline for them to apply; it expires next year.

"We wanted to go in for this, especially after Bal Bharati Pitampura got it done, but we were under the impression that there will be changes to the SQAA manual," said L V Sehgal, principal, Bal Bharati Public School (Ganga Ram Hospital Marg). Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, hasn't either. "We were told we had to apply by 2015. The file is ready but the matter will be discussed at the next meeting of the DPS Society and will apply after that," said principal MI Hussain.

The accreditation process was made compulsory in 2012 and the "instrument(s)" for assessment along with guidelines for schools and assessors were compiled in a SQAA Manual. The schools have to get their documentation in order for the first round of assessment by a batch of empanelled external agencies.

"Old institutions aren't good with documentation," said a principal explaining why the process may be going slow for some, "You have to have documentation ready for every aspect - teacher training, assessment, technology, accessibility." "It takes time and has to be done very systematically," said Usha Ram, principal, Laxman Public School.

Ram was a peer-assessor for two schools for the pilot project run in 2012. A few schools were also unhappy with CBSE's decision to employ external agencies to do the first round of assessing -one principal said, "CBSE should've done it itself. Here, the school has to pay the assessor."

The Amity schools will be going through the process a second time. Amity International, Pushp Vihar, got their paperwork together for ISO certification. "We had asked CBSE if there's any need for another accreditation and they said we had to get it done. Then, there was also a rule that five batch had to have graduated from the school before it could be considered for the process but that's apparently not applicable now," said Ameeta Mohan, principal, Amity, Pushp Vihar. The school started in 2006.

Though many schools haven't even taken the first step, CBSE is putting its external assessors together. The board's circular said "peer assessors will constitute principals (working or retired) or educators with vast experience and rich insight in school education processes." It will also conduct an online screening test with multiple choice questions on the SQAA manual and on case studies.

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Crowded shops make Gurgaon stick to gold coins this Dhanteras

This Dhanteras, Gurgaon residents are opting to purchase gold coins instead of jewellery - the gold shoppers in the city tell us that packed shops and busy salespersons are the reason behind this choice.

For many families in the city, a visit to their family jeweller today, on Dhanteras, is as important as lighting lamps on Diwali.

On the other side, jewellers also look forward to Dhanteras all year long, hoping to make up for slow sales and lean months.

Unlike last year, this Dhanteras, the gold rate is lower than what it has been the last few months, giving many store owners hopes for a busy shopping day today. However, the low gold rate is not reason enough for people to increase their Dhanteras budget and buy jewellery instead of the traditional gold coins. Gurgaon's Dhanteras shoppers told GT why they would prefer to wait for the remaining festive days to pass before making any major gold purchases and will stick to the traditional coin this year as well. Crowded shops, busy salespersons and 'formality shoppers' make Dhanteras a bad day for investing in jewellery, they say, because according to them, buying an ornament can be done after the hustle-bustle of Diwali is over.

Rashmi Thakur, who stays on MG Road, says, "Buying gold is not like buying clothes. I can't go with an agenda saying, 'Aaj yeh lena hai,' and then buy whatever I see in the first shop I go to. I like doing my research, checking out collections across stores and then buying one good piece. None of that can happen today because there will be so much rush everywhere. The store salespersons will be busy dealing with people buying gold coins. I don't want to buy something in a hurry and then regret it. So instead, I am sticking to buying silver idols of Ganesh and Lakshmi. For gold coins, I can conveniently call my jeweller and tell him, 'Itne weight ka chahiye,' and just go and pick it up later. That can't be done with ornaments."

Ritu Singhal, who stays in DLF phase II, tells us, "Buying a coin on Dhanteras is the tradition - we have always done that in our family, ever since I was a kid. My father started this ritual many years ago. He would buy a coin for our family and for his staff as well. Even now, I follow that tradition and buy silver coins for my employees. For me, Dhanteras is about being traditional, and buying jewellery makes it very commercial. I don't want to mix the two and prefer to buy jewellery on any other day of the year."

Kanika Suri, who stays in DLF phase II, shares with us, "We're among the traditional buyers and have always picked up the shagun ke coins or idols. My mom-in-law and I considered purchasing ornaments this year, but then, we thought that maybe the low gold rate will continue for at least a few days after Diwali. Right now, there are already so many expenses lined up that we don't want to buy jewellery under stress. Gold shopping is an experience in itself where you spend time checking out the collections and enjoy the whole process. That is not possible on a busy, festive day like Dhanteras. So we've decided to stick to coins today and we'll come back after Diwali to buy the bangles we need."

The only people who will be welcoming new jewellery in their house today are the smart shoppers, say Gurgaon jewellers, who will be delivering orders booked in advance in different parts of the city today.

Shruti Goenka, who has her own jewellery boutique in Sector 47, tells us, "Jewellery is an elaborate purchase and always takes time. It can't be, 'Aaj lena hai, chalo let's go pick something up,' kind of shopping. For people who want to welcome new jewellery on Dhanteras, the preparations begin much in advance. I've had many clients book pieces weeks in advance and will be getting their final delivery today."

Gemologist Nidhi Aggarwal, who makes jewellery sets for customers around the city, has sourced coins and idols for today. She says, "For the customary buyers, today is about going and picking up an idol or a gold coin. For people who actually want to buy new jewellery on Dhanteras, the actual purchase happens weeks, even months, in advance. Only deliveries are done today."

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Students use the Sunday break to take the Raahgiri stage

This Sunday saw students from various schools and colleges turn up as enthus iastic participants at Raahgiri Day, organized by Delhi Police and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) along with Embarq India and supported by The Times of India. Dressed in school uniforms and colourful kurtas and duppattas, the students presented nukkad nataks on the streets of Connaught Place.Participants included students from Vivekananad College, Pitampura, Sri Aurobindo College, New Era Public School, Pitampura, Springdales School, Pusa Road and Tagore International School.

Shymolee Katyal, a student of Springdales School, Pusa Road, said, "It's nice to be part of the Raahgiri. It is my first time here. We will be presenting a street play highlighting social issues like women empowerment and corruption." Neeta Pandey , music teacher at New Era Public School, Pitampura, said, "The students are overwhelmed with the crowd's response here and they want to come back again." A group of students from Sri Aurobindo college presented a nuk kkad natak based on how to save the life of a person wh en he meets with an acci dent through a new mobile application.

Pia Roy, student of English at Sri Au robindo, said, "It is amazing to see the huge pa rticipation of youngsters at Raa hgiri. I think Raahgiri is a new movement that has brought in change vement that has brought in change in the capital. It would be nice too see many more Raahgiri Days being hosted in other parts of the cities too."

The event had Muktesh Chander, additional commissioner of police, Delhi Traffic Police, in attendance. He handed over the awards for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Chitrakala competition organized at the Delhi Traffic Police stage area. "I have been coming to Raahgiri regularly , and each time I come here I see a new change. It is remarkable to see so many young kids all up and awake on a Sunday morning making the effort to be part of the event. We have taken a lot of new initiatives in promoting road safety on Delhi roads and we want the kids to make their parents aware about road safety," he said.

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DDA housing scheme closes; 7.5 lakh applications received

Written By kom nampultig on Minggu, 19 Oktober 2014 | 22.10

NEW DELHI: The DDA has received a total of 7.5 lakh applications for it flagship 'Housing Scheme 2014', a senior official of the urban body on Sunday said.

The new scheme which offers over 25,000 flats across various categories came to a close yesterday and the housing authority is gearing up for the draw of the lots.

The fate of these applicants would be decided next month, as the housing authority has kept November 5, as the tentative date for the draw of the lots.

"We have received 7.5 lakh application for the scheme and we sold about 17 lakh brochures through our counters and various empanelled bank branches. The tentative date for the draw is still November 5," the official told PTI.

The 'DDA Housing Scheme 2014' was launched on September 1 and the last date earlier was earlier decided as October 9 but on account of overwhelming response and intervening festive season, DDA had extended the last date of the scheme till October 15.

The DDA website had crashed within a few hours of its launch on September 1, prompting authorities to upgrade its server to meet the "exponentially increased user traffic".

In its first two days, the website had received 18 lakh hits with 11 lakh hits on the day of the launch itself.

It has so far received over 3.5 million hits since the launch of the flagship programme.

Top officials said that "a dedicated server would be temporarily set up to cope with the anticipated rush of online traffic during the draw time."

"We will be setting up a dedicated served around the last week of this month, and it will have load-balancing facilities, to avert chances of crashing the website due to heavy traffic," Director (Systems) of DDA, V S Tomar said.

"The website had crashed during the launch and the draw time of the last scheme (DDA 2010 Housing Scheme) also, and we so we are taking all precautionary measures this time," he added.

The procedure for the draw has also been uploaded on the website and applicants can now also check the status of their application online.

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After twin wins, Delhi BJP ‘ready for fresh polls’

NEW DELHI: Buoyed by party's victory in Maharashtra and Haryana, Delhi BJP on Sunday said it will push for fresh election in the national capital, banking on the "Modi wave" to wrest power, and may turn down any offer by lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung to take a shot at government formation.

General secretary of Delhi BJP and Delhi (South) MP Ramesh Bidhuri said the result of the assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana have "proved" that support for BJP was not waning and the party will come out with clear mandate if Delhi goes to polls again.

"We are ready for fresh election as soon as possible. We will push for early polls. The Modi wave continues to sweep the country and BJP will come to power with thumping majority if elections are held in Delhi again," Bidhuri said.

Asserting that party has strengthened its support base significantly since the assembly polls in December last year, Bidhuri said majority of party workers in the city are fully prepared to face the election again.

Asked what will be BJP's position if lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung invites it to form government, he said the party will not take the reins of power by adopting any unfair means.

"We will turn down any offer for government formation and will push for early polls. If the party can get a clear majority in neighbouring Haryana then why should we not go for polls here. BJP will not form a government in Delhi by resorting to any unfair means," he said.

The lieutenant governor last month had sent a report to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking permission to invite the BJP to form a government in Delhi.

In the report, Jung gave a detailed analysis of the political situation and underlined the need to have an elected government in the city which is under President's rule since February 17 following resignation of the Aam Aadmi Party government which was in power for 49 days.

The Centre is likely to respond to the lieutenant governor's letter after Diwali.

The BJP has been maintaining that it will take a decision on government formation in Delhi after getting an invite from the lieutenant governor.

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Qutub Minar museum runs into fund roadblock

NEW DELHI: Qutub Minar's interpretation centre project has run into a roadblock. The project at the world heritage site, which has been in talks for the past two to three years, has been temporarily shelved because of lack of funds.

The interpretation centre was supposed to come up in a British era building opposite the 13th century monument. The building functioned as a guesthouse for Lord Curzon and had been under the Delhi government for years, till Archaeological Survey of India requested for its transfer. The process took much longer than anticipated, and it was handed over to ASI in 2010, just after the Commonwealth Games.

"The interpretation centre is a requirement according to world heritage guidelines. Renovations have been completed to make the building ready for tourists," said an official.

The interiors of the museum were done by Intach Delhi Chapter, but sources report that the project has been put on hold for now. "The funding from the tourism ministry has not come through. A consultant has been brought in and the project is being re-looked at," said a source.

Officials from the nodal agency Delhi Tourism said the ministry had decided not to go ahead with the site museum project. "The ministry is making changes and new consultants may come out with a modified plan soon," said a source. Other museum projects like Purana Qila interpretation centre and MCD of Delhi Town Hall have also been shelved, added officials.

Currently, no world heritage site in Delhi has a site museum or an interpretation centre. A museum is planned at Humayun's Tomb by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and it will come up in the next few years. Red Fort has two museums inside the complex but no site museum.

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Delhiites danced and enjoyed themselves recently at Summer House Cafe

Delhiites danced and enjoyed themselves recently at Summer House Cafe as it officially opened its rooftop for customers.

Most guests adhered to the dress code of the 'Summer White Party' and the cafe was filled with numerous

fashionistas in white. Fox In The Box, Chizai, DJ Tech Panda and DJ UdayDass spun some funky tunes, making the guests dance to their beats. AnchitKapil, director, said, "It was the perfect time to do this. Our rooftop is officially open. Do drop by."

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Maharashtra, Haryana Assembly elections 2014: After twin wins, Delhi BJP ‘ready for fresh polls’

NEW DELHI: Buoyed by party's victory in Maharashtra and Haryana, Delhi BJP on Sunday said it will push for fresh election in the national capital, banking on the "Modi wave" to wrest power, and may turn down any offer by lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung to take a shot at government formation.

General secretary of Delhi BJP and Delhi (South) MP Ramesh Bidhuri said the result of the assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana have "proved" that support for BJP was not waning and the party will come out with clear mandate if Delhi goes to polls again.

"We are ready for fresh election as soon as possible. We will push for early polls. The Modi wave continues to sweep the country and BJP will come to power with thumping majority if elections are held in Delhi again," Bidhuri said.

Asserting that party has strengthened its support base significantly since the assembly polls in December last year, Bidhuri said majority of party workers in the city are fully prepared to face the election again.

Asked what will be BJP's position if lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung invites it to form government, he said the party will not take the reins of power by adopting any unfair means.

"We will turn down any offer for government formation and will push for early polls. If the party can get a clear majority in neighbouring Haryana then why should we not go for polls here. BJP will not form a government in Delhi by resorting to any unfair means," he said.

The lieutenant governor last month had sent a report to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking permission to invite the BJP to form a government in Delhi.

In the report, Jung gave a detailed analysis of the political situation and underlined the need to have an elected government in the city which is under President's rule since February 17 following resignation of the Aam Aadmi Party government which was in power for 49 days.

The Centre is likely to respond to the lieutenant governor's letter after Diwali.

The BJP has been maintaining that it will take a decision on government formation in Delhi after getting an invite from the lieutenant governor.

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